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Question Was that a KIA???

Saw a nice looking SUV today and though it was a new Lexus or something......i swore it said KIA on the grill.. nice lines, whatever it was..Is Kia getting a better facelift?
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whatever it looks like from the outside I guarantee it is still a POS...
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I second that !!!
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triple it...lol
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Re: Was that a KIA???

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Saw a nice looking SUV today and though it was a new Lexus or something......i swore it said KIA on the grill.. nice lines, whatever it was..Is Kia getting a better facelift?
What you saw was probably the Kia Sorento.

Some of it's styling features look similar to a Lexus RX.
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whatever it looks like from the outside I guarantee it is still a POS...


Is that from actual emperical data, or some brilliant psychic know-how?
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I second that !!!
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triple it...lol
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Well after having just finished a month long car shopping excursion with my girlfriend which included looking at the Kia Serrento, I'll quadruple that comment. Been there, sat in it, driven it. It's just another KIA...
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I drove one for about 50 miles. City, highway and very light off road.

The vehicle is very well put together, the materials rival our beloved Dodge/Chrysler, and for the most part, if I closed my eyes I could have sworn I was driving my Father-in-Law's Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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I looked at it in passing once. I thought it was a very nice vehicle for the price.
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We compared it to the Honda CRV and quite honestly, we didn't feel it compared at all. The CRV was better built, felt just as strong under accelleration (even though it only has an I4), gets much better gas mileage, was cheaper and has some real resale value...
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Kia = Budget vehicle with a (much needed) good warranty... They're getting better, but still a tin can... Kinda like how Hyundai started out...although I'd still never own one of those ither...
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Kia Motors was founded in 1944 as Kyungsung Precision Industry making bicycle parts by hand. The company was originally located in Seoul, but moved to Pusan during the Korean War. While in Pusan, Kia produced Korea’s first bicycle and took its current name in 1951.

In 1961 Kia produced Korea’s first motorcycle and in 1962, the country’s first truck – the 3-wheel K360. Kia also produced Korea’s first gasoline engine in 1973 and, in October 1974, Korea’s first passenger car – the Brisa. The Brisa became the first Korean vehicle to be exported, when it was sold in the Middle East. Korea’s first diesel engine was also produced by Kia, in 1978.

Kia continued to compete in the automotive industry until 1997, when it fell victim to the Asian financial crisis of that year and was taken over by the Hyundai Business Group the following year. The Hyundai Automotive Group was founded in 2000 and Kia and Hyundai Motor Company became sister companies along with parts supplier Hyundai Mobis and a number of other companies. Kia is currently Korea’s second largest manufacturer and its oldest.
Kia = Hyundai = Kia
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I have to admit.. the first Kias.. the Sephia.. you're better writing it off to get your money back the same day.. nightmares in all fields... and the sportage was barely any better.

I was working in a Ford/Lincoln dealership when they first launched Kia, and the owner's wife opened up a kia dealership. What a nightmare!!

Anyways, the ones I see theese days rolling around.. Magentis here in Canada looks VERy good. So does that sorento.

And I know.. their cars, hands down, look far far more appealing than any Hyundai, ever. Including the sloweron
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